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February 07, 2013

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Scott Bauries

I haven't read Wyatt-Brown's book (looks interesting, though), but I have always been fascinated with the fact that the drafters of the 1891 Kentucky Constitution saw fit to exempt from eligibility for public office any person who participates in a duel (http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/legresou/constitu/239.htm). It must have been somewhat prevalent at the time to garner a specific constitutional proscription. I wonder how many states have such provisions (or had them in early iterations of their constitutions) and whether these states are clustered in the South.

Alfred Brophy

Interesting observation, Scott -- I didn't know about this. The state legislatures were trying to stamp out dueling in the antebellum era, too. This was a point of struggle between the culture of the south and the attempt to subordinate everyone to law.

I think the point of the duel in the Django screenplay is that Broomhilde's owner didn't have the courage to fight for her and so she ended up owned by Candie (who presumably had cheated to obtain her).

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